Ong K T has suddenly become enlightened. According to a report in Star today, he said that the time has come for Barisan leaders to stop working for one race only.
If what he said is true, does it imply then that all this while BN has worked for one race only? Only now they realise they need to work for all people of Malaysia and not one race only?
Ong has not been vocal all this time, and suddenly he is seen to be speaking up. Is it because of the impending challenge that he would face in his own backyard?
Immediately after Chua S L’s sex DVD surfaced, I have written an article predicting a party fight is inevitable in MCA. (Pls read: Is another party fight looming?)
Ong’s sudden change in voicing out may be genuine, I do not know. Nowadays, even a leopard can be made to change its spots through genetic engineering. But coming at a time when there are dissatisfaction among the grassroots and an anti-Ong’s campaign (the Save MCA campaign) within his party, and the appointment of his own brother as minister and Perak State chairman, it gives a perception that he is voicing out more for his own political agenda; re marketing and re packaging himself as a True Malaysian fighting for all races. Stanley Koh has written many excellent analysis in Malaysiakini and I think he would agree with me that a party fight is inevitable for MCA. Anyway, this has always been MCA ‘s culture, brave in fighting each other within the party but silent inside Barisan Nasional.
Since Ong has realised that BN needs to fight for all races and not just one race, perhaps, it is time for MCA to change into a multiracial party . By doing so, they can help force UMNO to discard its racial outlook,and maybe persuade all the component parties of BN to disband and merge into a single multiracial Front.
But even as a single multiracial front, UMNO members would still be in the majority, so if these members still want to play racial politics, what is there to stop them?
What a reader of this blog, romerz, commented yesterday has a lot of sense even though he was commenting on USA system . He said
” Ultimately it boils down to the people within the systems since all systems were created by man, they can be circumnavigated by man…..Systems put in place by man will only function in the way it was intended to if good and honest men will step up to stop those with evil intentions from wrecking it.”
The question is thus: if barisan Nasional can be disbanded and formed into a big party, will there be good and honest people at the top to make sure that multiracialism would not be hijacked by crooked people with agenda of their own? Would the system be circumnavigated by people for their own selfish interest?
That is the big question!!